Review Archive: August 2011

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

A new documentary ably explores the distinction between domestic terrorist and environmental activist

My Brother's Keeper

Taut British crime thriller that brings together Jack Warner, George Cole and Bill Owen.

Savage Streets

Mike Sutton takes a capsule look at Arrow's release of 1980s vigilante favourite Savage Streets

Birdy the Mighty: Decode 1

Teen drama + alien threat from outer space = Earth faces an apocalypse.

Fun at St. Fanny's

Schoolboy humour with Cardew 'The Cad' Robinson - and a young Ronnie Corbett.

You Lucky People!

Tommy Trinder returns to the military lifestyle for the BFI's latest Adelphi rediscovery.

Higanjima: Escape from Vampire Island

A slick and stylish adaptation of the Manga which, unfortunately, outstays its welcome....

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Now back in cinemas, and available to buy on 5 September, a reissue of the masterly Ealing black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets.

Black Butler: Collection 1

Jack the Ripper, demons and a killer hound feature in this Japanese Victorian gothic horror anime


Aaron Paul and Scoot McNairy can't prevent yet another appalling DV horror.

Ninjas vs Vampires

Hybrid cheapo made by mates. John tells you the truth...

The Molly Dineen Collection: Volume One

One of Britain's finest documentary makers getting the DVD treatment she deserves.

Schloss Vogelöd

Eureka release a respectfully authentic version of Murnau's silent film as part of their Masters of ...


Cheapo softcore splatter from Japan.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

The Exposure Cinema release of Fritz Lang's last American movie, a fascinating noir shaded with guilt, is reviewed

Phaedra (MGM LE Collection)

Jules Dassin directs Melina Mercouri and Anthony Perkins in this Greek-set drama about a woman and her stepson

Whisky Galore!

One of the best-loved Ealing comedies, reissued by Optimum to mark the studio's eightieth anniversary.

The Garden of the Finzi Contini (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini)

Vittorio De Sica's wartime drama, an Oscar-winner as Best Foreign Language Film, comes to DVD from Arrow Academy.

The Seekers

Colour, gloss and exoticism courtesy New Zealand and Pinewood Studios.

The Strange World of Gurney Slade

Les takes a look at Anthony Newley's Strange World of Gurney Slade which is coming to DVD on August ...


Romanian horror from the UK (sic).

The Lavender Hill Mob: 60th Anniversary Edition

One of the best-loved Ealing comedies, given a new lick of paint and a reissue by Optimum for its diamond anniversary.

Saturn Filme 1906 - 1910

Austrian erotica from the 1900s.

They Were Sisters / Don't Ever Leave Me

Two discs from Odeon, two films from Arthur Crabtree.

Doctor Who: The Sun Makers

The Fourth Doctor and Leela versus the Company on Pluto, in this satirical adventure from 1977.